Esja Hike

A short distance away from the capital, this mountain will give you views all over the south-west of the island.

Esja Hike

The Esja mountain is close to Reykjavík and you will likely see a lot of locals hiking (or running) up the slopes. From the viewpoint near the top, you can have great view over the capital area.

Depending on the region, you can see all the way to the airport, a distance of over 50 kilometers!

There is a small tourist office close the carpark, but most of the action can be found in Reykjavík anyway.

hike

type

2-3 hours

duration

6 km

distance

3/5

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Details

duration

2-3 hours

distance

6 km

difficulty

3/5 - Easy to find and to navigate, but steep ascent on gravelly paths.

tourist density

moderate

Nearby

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Food & Drink

Esjustofa, the info center at the parking lot

Food & Drink

KFC, Háholt 14, 270 Mosfellsbær, Island

Toilets

Esjustofa, the info center at the parking lot

Supermarkets

Bónus, Þverholt 2, 270 Mosfellsbær, Iceland

Supermarkets

Krónan, Háholt 13-15, 270 Mosfellsbær, Iceland

Location

(Nearest) address

Esjurætur - Hiking Center, Mógilsá, Iceland

Accessiblity

The hike is located directly at the Ring Road 1.

GPS Coordinates

64.230306, -21.718028

Distance to Reykjavík

Reykjavík is 22 km away. It takes about 20 minutes (or 0.3 hours) to drive by car.

Distance to nearest town

Reykjavík is the nearest city at 22 km distance. It takes about 20 minutes (or 0.3 hours) to drive by car.

Parking

Summary

There is a dedicated parking spot right next to the road. Coming from Route 1, take the detour labelled "Esjustofa". The trails start right at the parking lot.

Way to start of hike

short gravel path

GPS Coordinates

64.208971, -21.715831

Google Maps Plus Code

675P+FR Mógilsá, Iceland

Capacity

around 50

Security

none

Alternative

none

Costs

free

Tips for visiting

Recommended Car Type

normal car, no 4x4-drive needed

Don't miss

On clear days, you can see all the way over the city and the whole Reykjanes peninsula - including the airport!

Recommended Equipment

Hiking or sports shoes recommended.

Photo Opportunities

To the south over the city and the peninsula. Also, look to the east so see Þingvallavatn area.

Do's and don't

Stay on the paths, take enough to drink and eat, don't leave trash behind.

Things to watch out for

The gravel paths can be slippery. Not accessible in the winter.

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